Is Scientology/FRL a Street Gang?
posted to the alt.religion.scientology newsgroup on May 5, 1999
(Note: the "FRL" is the "Friends of Religious Liberty," one of the names adopted by Scientology representatives who picket the homes of critics.)
Goodness. I just went to the California Code pages (I love the Internet!) to get more details on what constitutes vandalism, thanks to Brent's pointing out to me that affixing bigot fliers to the gate of my apartment building is vandalism.
Look what I found:
<the following severely snipped - do go read it yourself>
186.20. This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "California Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act."
186.21. The Legislature hereby finds and declares that it is the right of every person, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, or handicap, to be secure and protected from fear, intimidation, and physical harm caused by the activities of violent groups and individuals. It is not the intent of this chapter to interfere with the exercise of the constitutionally protected rights of freedom of expression and association. The Legislature hereby recognizes the constitutional right of every citizen to harbor and express beliefs on any lawful subject whatsoever, to lawfully associate with others who share similar beliefs, to petition lawfully constituted authority for a redress of perceived grievances, and to participate in the electoral process.
The Legislature, however, further finds that the State of California is in a state of crisis which has been caused by violent street gangs whose members threaten, terrorize, and commit a multitude of crimes against the peaceful citizens of their neighborhoods. These activities, both individually and collectively, present a clear and present danger to public order and safety and are not constitutionally protected.
186.22. (a) Any person who actively participates in any criminal street gang with knowledge that its members engage in or have engaged in a pattern of criminal gang activity, and who willfully promotes, furthers, or assists in any felonious criminal conduct by members of that gang, shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail for a period not to exceed one year, or by imprisonment in the state prison for 16 months, or two or three years.
(e) As used in this chapter, "pattern of criminal gang activity" means the commission of, attempted commission of, or solicitation of, sustained juvenile petition for, or conviction of two or more of the following offenses, provided at least one of these offenses occurred after the effective date of this chapter and the last of those offenses occurred within three years after a prior offense, and the offenses were committed on separate occasions, or by two or more persons:
(2) Robbery, as defined in Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 211) of Title 8 of Part 1.
(4) The sale, possession for sale, transportation, manufacture, offer for sale, or offer to manufacture controlled substances as defined in Sections 11054, 11055, 11056, 11057, and 11058 of the Health and Safety Code.
>>> wonder if that applies to anything they gave Lisa?
(8) The intimidation of witnesses and victims, as defined in Section 136.1.
>>> Gerry Armstrong? Hana Whitfield-Eltringham? Jesse Prince?
(9) Grand theft, as defined in Section 487, when the value of the money, labor, or real or personal property taken exceeds ten thousand dollars ($10,000).
>>> I believe Warrior points out that Scn's failure to pay him promised wages for his labor amounts to grand theft... not to mention the theft of his TV. There are also those who have had credit cards charged against their will.
(14) Moneylaundering, as defined in Section 186.10. (15) Kidnapping, as defined in Section 207.
>>> Dorothy Geary. Tonya Burden.
(16) Mayhem, as defined in Section 203. (17) Aggravated mayhem, as defined in Section 205.
205. A person is guilty of aggravated mayhem when he or she unlawfully, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the physical or psychological well-being of another person, intentionally causes permanent disability or disfigurement of another human being or deprives a human being of a limb, organ, or member of his or her body.
So ... anyone made permanently mentally unstable would be a victim of mayhem.
(18) Torture, as defined in Section 206.
>>> alleged in the McPherson civil case.
(19) Felony extortion, as defined in Sections 518 and 520.
>>> alleged in the Pattinson case.
(20) Felony vandalism, as defined in paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) of Section 594.
>>> not just putting signs on my apartment, here - 594.b.1 involves damage of $50,000 or more. But there ARE all those other crimes ...
(22) The sale, delivery, or transfer of a firearm, as defined in Section 12072.
>>> Andre Tabayoyon affidavit
(f) As used in this chapter, "criminal street gang" means any ongoing organization, association, or group of three or more persons, whether formal or informal, having as one of its primary activities the commission of one or more of the criminal acts enumerated in paragraphs (1) to (23), inclusive, of subdivision (e), having a common name or common identifying sign or symbol, and whose members individually or collectively engage in or have engaged in a pattern of criminal gang activity.
>>> I wonder if telling people, "If you don't get auditing NOW, it's SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN that all these bad things will happen to you" counts as felony extortion? If so, that would seem to me to qualify as one of Scn's primary activities ...
186.22a. (a) Every building or place used by members of a criminal street gang for the purpose of the commission of the offenses listed in subdivision (e) of Section 186.22 or any offense involving dangerous or deadly weapons, burglary, or rape, and every building or place wherein or upon which that criminal conduct by gang members takes place, is a nuisance which shall be enjoined, abated, and prevented, and for which damages may be recovered, whether it is a public or private nuisance.
>>> so CA orgs are a public nuisance?
I wonder if those sweet kids, Joanna and Nick, know that other members of their group have engaged in a pattern of criminal activity.
Jeff, would you be a dear and print this out for them? Make sure Craig and Bob get copies, too, and it's probably best to pass it along to Stridenta and Ben as well.
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